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The Race Issue: Spider-man

4 Aug

The issue of race in comics has been well documented. Even in this day and age there is a very polarizing nature in regards to race in comics. Publishers want to appeal to ethnic minorities and aren’t racist bigots (hopefully), but demand and the market is driven by Caucasian leads (who also happen to be male, but that’s another topic for another day).

I’m not going to talk about what the publishers should do, if they should spotlight more ethnic characters and diversify or not. No one’s really gonna win any votes arguing for racism, but again, I think the issue is more complex than just race. The truth is that outside of a few characters, the ones that sell well and maintain stability are those that have been around for a while. The Bruce Waynes and Peter Parkers are well known, have a solid fan demographic, rich history, and solid track records. This is obviously due to the times and places in which they were conceived as ideas and characters.

Having said all that, I still think Miles Morales is a fine choice to succeed Peter Parker as Spider-man. Just because it’s easier to swim with the current doesn’t mean you should. I think a lot of people are up in arms over the issue for very silly reasons (looking at you Glenn Beck). Some people are just irate that Spider-man isn’t white anymore. As if someone had just torched the American Flag and soiled some apple pie. Others think Marvel is just trying to be too politically correct. They jokingly argue that Mary Jane should be wheel chair bound and J. Jonah Jameson should be in a homosexual relationship with Robbie Roberston. There are even others who think the whole two ethnic diversities in one is equitable to killing two birds with one stone. Honestly, you guys really think Marvel is playing that angle to grasp at two different demographics through one character? Even if that were true, it should be a non-issue.

This is skin color folks, and people have to start to look past it or else this world really is a sad and ugly place.